Sir Michael Caine 'had premonition of 9/11 attack'
Sir Michael Caine predicted the September 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre in a novel he was writing before the events of 2001, the actor has disclosed.
The 77-year-old revealed that he dreamed up a plot in which terrorists flew an aeroplane into a London skyscraper and had begun to set it down on paper when the attack occurred in 2001.
Sir Michael said he was stunned when his premonition came true and immediately shelved the novel. Nearly 3,000 people died when Al Qaeda hijackers flew two planes into the World Trade Centre in New York.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Front Row last night, the Italian Job actor said: "I had this plot where terrorists fly a plane into a London skyscraper. Then they did it in real life. I was stunned by that, so I stopped writing."
The veteran actor said he still planned to write a novel and hoped to complete it before his 80th birthday in 2013. He said the book would be "a thriller about terrorism - the sort of thing I read all the time".
"It'll be for guys," the double Oscar winner said. "It won't be a great literary effort."
He was giving the interview ahead of the publication of his autobiography, The Elephant to Hollywood, which describes how he rose to stardom after growing up in the Elephant and Castle area of London.
Sir Michael appeared earlier this year in the futuristic thriller Inception, his fourth film collaboration with the British director Christopher Nolan.
He plans to resume writing when he finishes working on a proposed sequel to Nolan's earlier Batman blockbusters, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
The Elephant to Hollywood, published by Hodder & Stoughton, is released today.